T LOunge for August 22th, 2022

Posted on August 22, 2022

Cavita Bar and Restaurant – London, UK


It’s MONDAY and we suppose at some point we have to go through the motions of being productive today, so we’re happy to settle into a LOunge that can only be described as “soothingly stimulating.” Come take a seat and let the sunlight slowly find you.


Jennifer Lopez Wears a Breathtaking Ralph Lauren Gown to Marry Ben Affleck (Again)
Featuring a 20 foot long veil.

One month after their surprise Vegas nuptials, the couple held a full weekend bash at the Tender Bar actor’s estate in Riceboro, Georgia, where they were photographed taking portraits after the evening ceremony. For her second trip down the aisle, the bride wore a pure-white Ralph Lauren gown, featuring short sleeves, a modest neckline, and a textured circular train.
To add a layer of drama to the classic wedding look, the multi-hyphenate added a 20 foot veil that all five of the couple’s children—Lopez’s 14-year-old twins Max and Emme as well as Affleck’s daughters Violet, 16, and Seraphina, 13, and son Samuel, 10—helped carry down the white aisle post-ceremony.


Tapestries, the Original NFTs, Return for a Renaissance
Even if the market remains niche, recent auctions demonstrate an intense desire on the part of a competitive, upper-crust collector pool seeking a tangible distinction from New New Money.

Over the course of her lifetime, Lady Helen Hamlyn, the 88-year-old widow of the late publishing magnate Paul Hamlyn, has amassed one of the world’s most impressive collections of rare textiles. Last year she decided to sell a slim selection of her hoard at Bonhams, including a mythic Flemish tapestry, of Rothschild family provenance, that was woven sometime in the early 16th century. When the gavel came down, the piece had fetched more than $330,000, roughly double the estimate.
Tapestries, it turns out, are enjoying a 21st-century renaissance. Even if the market remains decidedly niche, recent auction sales demonstrate an intense desire on the part of a competitive, upper-crust collector pool seeking a tangible distinction from the New New Money: cryptocrats and nefarious NFTers.


John Corbett To Join ‘And Just Like That…’, Reprising Aidan Role In Season 2 Of ‘Sex and the City’ Sequel
Sex and the City fans can rejoice — John Corbett’s Aidan Shaw will reunite with former love Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) on HBO Max’s And Just Like That… I hear Corbett is set for a substantial, multi-episode arc on the second season of the Sex and the City followup, reprising his role as the likable furniture maker. Reps for HBO Max and Corbett declined comment.
Corbett’s Aidan was one of two notable Sex and the City fan favorite characters that did not appear in the first season of And Just Like That…, along with Kim Cattrall’s Samantha. While the revival of the iconic HBO series was announced from the get-go as focusing on Carrie (Parker), Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte (Kristin Davis) with no plans for Cattrall involvement, fans waited until the last seconds of the season finale for Aiden to show up after Corbett had teased his participation, telling Page Six in April 2021, “I think I might be in quite a few [episodes].”


‘The Princess’ Finds So Many Parallels Between Princess Diana and Meghan Markle
Here are the HBO documentary’s most moving moments.

Directed by Ed Perkins, The Princess sets out to present Diana’s story through a new lens, by stringing together archival audio and video footage, beginning with her romance with Prince Charles and ending with her 1997 death following a Paris car accident. It covers the highs – from crowds chanting, “It’s a boy,” following Prince William’s birth and cute footage of Diana competing in a sprint race alongside other school moms – to the lows, like the breakdown of her marriage. While there’s little new to the 148-minute documentary, the parallels between Diana’s struggles and those of modern-day royals hum away in the background, and it’s hard not to think of Meghan Markle while observing Diana being shadowed by paparazzi or gracing every magazine cover at newsstands.


California Wine Changed Forever in 1972, and It’s Far From Finished
Marking the 50th anniversaries for many of California’s most renowned producers with a retrospective tasting for the ages.

It wasn’t obvious back then, but 1972 shaped the world of Californian and American wine in profound and delicious ways. Given the reputation of Napa Valley and Sonoma County today, it’s hard to imagine there was a time when, for most of the world, California wasn’t really on the wine radar. In the early 1970s, fine wine more or less meant European wine, particularly French and perhaps Italian. Great Chardonnay was, by definition, from Burgundy, just as world-class Cabernet Sauvignon typically came from Bordeaux.


Princess Margaret’s Royal Style In 22 Divine Vintage Photos
Between The Crown on the small screen, countless accounts devoted to Princess Diana’s ’90s style on Instagram, and a flurry of weddings and babies in real life, royal fever has hit a new peak in recent years. And while no-one could touch Di when it came to an athleisure moment, Princess Margaret was cutting a dash (often in Dior) on the world stage long before she and Charles had their “wedding of the century” in 1981.
The Queen’s younger sister really hit her stride in the mid-1960s, when – with far more freedom than her duty-bound sibling, who was reigning over a nation troubled by the Cold War, the Aberfan disaster, and the devaluation of the pound – Margaret rubbed shoulders with the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren; paid a high-profile trip to the White House, and retreated to Sardinia’s Costa Smerelda or Mustique in her downtime.


If It’s Not on the Menu, It’s Not an Option and Other Advice from a Longtime Waiter
A menu is not just a table decoration or a whimsical suggestion, and yet people choose to ignore them all the dang time. Also? Wash your hands after you touch one.

When you go to a restaurant, the menu is your friend. Be it a laminated book, a QR code, or chicken scratch on a faraway chalkboard, it’s there for you and it has but one purpose. It’s your guide for the culinary adventure you are about to embark upon. Don’t ignore it. Ingest it and let the words of that menu wash over you because they are as important as the text on the Rosetta Stone. The menu will unlock the mysteries of what the restaurant has to offer you. Honor its significance and respect what the menu can do for you.


My kids are 6 and 9 and have never been to school. This is why we chose to unschool them.
It’s mid-August, one of my favorite times of the year.
On social media, I see my fellow parents gritting their teeth through the late-summer rituals of purchasing new uniforms and visiting stores to fill classroom supply lists. Then come the sweet first-day-of-school photos of kids in their slightly-too-big uniforms holding chalkboards declaring their dream career.
I like watching this rite unfold each year. But I’ve never participated in it. Nor have I ever rushed my kids to the bus stop, worried over a last-minute project, or dealt with a barrage of emails from the school.
That’s because my kids, ages 6 and 9, have never been to school.


The Age of Instagram Face
How social media, FaceTune, and plastic surgery created a single, cyborgian look.

Ideals of female beauty that can only be met through painful processes of physical manipulation have always been with us, from tiny feet in imperial China to wasp waists in nineteenth-century Europe. But contemporary systems of continual visual self-broadcasting—reality TV, social media—have created new disciplines of continual visual self-improvement. Social media has supercharged the propensity to regard one’s personal identity as a potential source of profit—and, especially for young women, to regard one’s body this way, too. In October, Instagram announced that it would be removing “all effects associated with plastic surgery” from its filter arsenal, but this appears to mean all effects explicitly associated with plastic surgery, such as the ones called “Plastica” and “Fix Me.” Filters that give you Instagram Face will remain.


House of the Dragon and the Targaryen family, explained
HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel reveals a period of turbulence and upheaval for Daenerys’s formidable family.

House of the Dragon, the long-awaited prequel to Game of Thrones, is finally here, and you know what that means: It’s time for a refresher course on the Targaryens — the family that ruled for three centuries over all of Westeros. Thanks to one talented fanartist, we have a gorgeous family tree to help you figure out what’s happening when the show premieres Sunday night.
The series adapts portions of George R.R. Martin’s Fire and Blood, a collection of stories accompanying the Song of Ice and Fire series upon which the Game of Thrones universe is based. The book is a partial history of the Targaryens, with whom fans will be well-acquainted, since their reign stretches from Daenerys all the way back to the first king of Westeros. They’re famed for their ability to tame dragons; hence, “house of the dragon.” That rare talent helped the Targaryens establish an immense dynasty over the realm; but as always when we’re dealing with Game of Thrones, even empires can topple, and the iron throne is never a safe place to sit.


Matt Smith on Playing the Rogue Prince of ‘House of the Dragon’
Smith’s character, Prince Daemon, was an agent of chaos in the series premiere, but “he’s got a strange moral compass of his own,” the actor said.

Prince Daemon Targaryen is a man of action, and that suits the man who portrays him on “House of the Dragon” just fine.
“On an acting level, I was always quite pleased that I wasn’t in loads of the big table scenes,” said Matt Smith, who shares his royal character’s distaste for the minutiae of sitting down and running the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. “They’re often the ones that are hardest to shoot — the ones that can drive you bonkers. I preferred being on a horse with a sword in the hand.”
Of course, starring in “House of the Dragon” — the prequel series to HBO’s blockbuster “Game of Thrones,” based on the fantasy novel “Fire & Blood” by the author George R.R. Martin — means riding far more exotic mounts than mere horses. As the potential heir to the Targaryen dynasty and its royal seat, the Iron Throne, Daemon is a dragon-rider, and a dangerous one at that.


Welcome to the Friendship Issue of the Highlight
Inside this issue: The state of American friendship, its radical power, and advice for small talk and making your social battery work for you, even if you’re an introvert.

Friendship, an underrecognized bedrock of American life, has quietly been on the wane over the past 30 years. Last year, the American Perspectives Survey reported that 12 percent of Americans now say they have no close friendships, compared with 3 percent in 1990. The reasons for this are myriad. Americans are more mobile, moving often for careers, as well as working more hours. Parenting has changed dramatically, requiring more of adults’ time and resources. Covid-19, with its lockdowns and social distancing, has further fractured relationships: Nearly 50 percent of Americans reported losing touch with friends during the enduring pandemic.
For the August issue, the Highlight teamed up with Even Better to examine the state of American friendship. Through interviews, timely snapshots, service pieces, and more, Vox writers explore the following questions: How do we think about ourselves as friends, and what do we need from friendship amid the tremendous shifts in our access to social media, migration patterns, urban sprawl, and other cultural change? What happens to the culture, our health, and our support systems when friendship fades, and when does it actually serve us better to let that friendship go? Finally, if Americans are decentering friendship — in our own lives and in the larger cultural sphere — could it undermine society, too?





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